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Trade unions not trusted

ALMOST TWO-THIRDS of Slovaks think that trade unions are unable to defend and protect employees' rights. This is the result of a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency for the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily between March 7 and 13 on a sample of 1,041 Slovak citizens from age 18 and up.

ALMOST TWO-THIRDS of Slovaks think that trade unions are unable to defend and protect employees' rights. This is the result of a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency for the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily between March 7 and 13 on a sample of 1,041 Slovak citizens from age 18 and up.

In the survey, 22.4 percent of the respondents said that trade unions certainly are not able to defend enough employees' rights, while 42.3 percent of the respondents said that trade unions mostly do not manage to uphold workers' rights. Only 3.5 percent said they are convinced that trade unions defend the rights of employees enough and 18.7 percent said that trade unions uphold these rights more often than not. The remaining 13.2 percent of the respondents were undecided.

The Focus agency found out that a typical sympathizer of trade unions is more than 60 years old, has a basic education, comes from a small village and would vote for Smer or the Slovak National Party.

The Žilina Region trusts trade unions the most with 26.2 percent of positive responses, while the Bratislava Region is the most sceptical with 68.5 percent of negative responses.

The vice-president of the Confederation of Trade Unions (KOZ), Vladimír Mojš, does not trust the results.

"Focus can claim the sample was representative," he said. "But what kind of sample was it, of what kind of people?"

According to KOZ's analyses, social and economic rights are better observed in places with active trade unions.

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